DK Metcalf’s dreams of competing at the Olympic Games may be out of reach for now, but the Seahawks wide receiver held his own sprinting at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Golden Games and Distance Open on Sunday. Days after NBC Sports reported that the Pro Bowler had entered to run the 100-meter dash in an attempt to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, Metcalf finished last among nine runners in the event. His 10.36-second time, however, stood out considering it kept him in the mix until the finish line and came from one of the NFL’s most physically imposing pass catchers at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds.
A 10.05-second finish would’ve automatically qualified Metcalf for the Olympic Trials, which are used to select representatives for the Olympic Games. Coming in, the wideout was expected to need at least a 10.2-second finish to have a chance at “advancing.” Still, Metcalf has already drawn his fair share of praise — from in and outside of the sprinting community — for his Sunday performance.